For fans of the Commodore Amiga, the introduction of the new Amiga 3000 was big news, even though the price tag was nearly $4,000. This program looked at the new Amiga computer and new third party appplications. Demonstrations include the Amiga 3000, the Amiga 2500, the AmigaVision authoring system, The Animation Studio, and the Video Toaster from NewTek. Also includes a visit to FAUG, the First Amiga Users Group, in Palo Alto. Guests include Paul Montgomery, Tim Jenison, Lou Wallace, and Hedley Davis. Originally broadcast in 1988. Copyright 1988 Stewart Cheifet Productions.
December 18, 2014 Subject:
Amiga 3000: 1990 is the correct year for this Episode
Really enjoyed this show. Great memories. I used a A3000 (and later a A4000) with different revisions of the Video Toaster to create my first animations with LightWave 3D.
On a side note: This episode was aired in late 1990, not 1988.
February 26, 2010 Subject:
I never used Amiga - here it's only Windows they know, so my first OS was Windows 3.1. For a while I had no idea that there was something else apart from Win and Mac. Recently I got interested in computer history, and was amazed by how many different operation systems there were, and that Win was not the first one by any means! These videos are so precious! Very interesting, and it makes me feel nostalgic remembering eighties, how it all was. This is sad that Commodore went bankrupt and these days Bill Gates dominates...
November 13, 2007 Subject:
Great documentary, long life to the Amiga
I owned an A500 back in Spain. In its heyday, the Amiga commanded a type of "cult following" that makes the Apple/Mac following insignificant. My A500 was so ahead of every other computer owned by my friends, specially in the sound and graphics department, that I had a sense of "being chosen by God" to own the Amiga. I think it's fair to say that during the late 80's, early 90's the Amiga was treated in several European as the "cool" alternative to the IBM PC. Pretty much as the Mac is treated today in the US but with the caveat that the Amiga was during that time so ahead of both the PC and the Mac that it made us, the Amiga owners, look down at ever other personal computer owner which didn't own an Amiga. The thinking was, how is that these guys are not as amazed as I am with the technical superiority of this machine?
I moved to the US 7 years ago and I discovered these archives of the Computer Chronicles just this weekend. It has been a great experience to watch all 5 programs that cover the Amiga in detail. I moved to the Wintel PC forced by the market in the mid nineties, but no matter how technologically advanced the PC and the Mac become, the Amiga has a place in my heart that will never be replaced by any other computer.
I was an Amiga user when EB Games was the Electronic Boutique and the Commodore section dwarfed both the small Apple section and the tiny strip in the corner for IBM. I used to call it "ibum" and point and laugh. They really dropped the ball didn't they? Now all the arsty fartsy design snobs have macs and the rest of the world has PC's, with Commodore doomed to the dustbin of history... sad. At least they have Texas Instruments and Radio Shack TRS-80's to keep them company!
June 1, 2003 Subject:
Amiga 3000 and Video Toaster demo
Demos of the pioneering multimedia computer
Jeff Berger, Creative Technologies - Midi and Amiga
Tim Bajarin, Creative Strategies
Amiga user's group, Palo Alto CA
William Paicius, First Amiga Users Group
Hedley Davis, Commodore, A3000 and OS 2.0, and AmigaVision Demo
Sam Palahnuk, Disney Software, Disney Animation Studio
John Vernon, Hewlett Packard, technical animations
Lou Wallace, Senior Editor for AmigaWorld Magazine, AmigaVision demo, including animation and laserdisc video integration
Paul Montgomery & Tim Jenison, Newtek. Video Toaster, Lightwave 3D demo